Author Archives: Rural Derbyshire School Sports Partnership


We are looking to recruit an Active Schools Manager to lead the well-established Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership (SSP), in the delivery of the School Games programme in line with the new Sport England Strategy and other programmes linked to the role.  

This exciting role requires candidates to have the desire and commitment to improve the lives of children and young people by encouraging them to participate in regular, safe, inclusive, fun and appropriate sports and physical activity through events, festivals and competitions. 

As strategic lead, the Active Schools Manager works collaboratively with many key partners including: Active Derbyshire, Derbyshire Active Schools Network, Derbyshire Dales District Council, The FA, Bikeability Trust and the Youth Sport Trust. 

The successful applicant would be based in specialist office accommodation at Anthony Gell School and will be employed by the school.  Candidates should have proven project management skills, good communication skills, excellent relationship skills, ability to work in partnership and experience of engaging with children and young people through sport and physical activity. 

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 10 September 2021.  You should assume that you have not been shortlisted if you have not heard from the school by this date. 

Provisional Interview Date: Week commencing 13 September 2021

SSP In2Hockey

This year’s In2Hockey competition took place on a damp, cold and windy Tuesday afternoon. Despite this, the enthusiasm, attitude and play that was on show was refreshingly upbeat and positive!

Six teams competed in this year’s finals with some excellent individual performances as well as some superb team performances on show to brighten up the day! Not only were the performances first class but the level of respect from all players, teachers, parents and officials deserved to be recognised through our spirit of the games award. One pupil from Lea lead by example in everything he did, ensuring that he thanked not only the officials, but the opposition and even their teacher after every match.


Janice (SSP Manager)  ‘It was wonderful to see such a high standard of play and continued improvement in skill level year on year. I was also really struck  by the excellent sportsmanship displayed by  players, coaches, teachers and parents,  especially on such a cold and grey autumnal evening.’

Mrs Simpson-Allsop (Osmaston CofE Primary School Teacher) ‘We really enjoyed the tournament and the organisation of the event was great, as usual.’

Mrs Reeves (Great Longstone CofE Primary School Teacher) ‘Thank you so much for yet another great tournament.  It was as ever very well organised and the right level of competition and fun.  The Sports Leaders were excellent and were extremely good and positive with the children.’

Students from Eyam:

It was challenging, wet and cold but this made us focus.’

‘We had no idea we’d done so well – it was such a surprise to be in the top 3 teams.’


1st Osmaston A

2nd Eyam


4th Great Longstone

5th Osmaston B

6th Lea B

SSP Cross Country 2017

With good overall conditions and nothing but blue skies this years cross county proved to be as popular as ever, with an amazing 92 children taking part. Overall 29 of our primary schools had students competing in the race which is truly outstanding.


All 92 runners should be extremely proud of their efforts in reaching the SSP finals and for their performances on the day. It was fantastic to see so many talented runners competing for the top spots as well as getting to watch lots of the School Games Values being demonstrated by lots of our other runners.

This year we would like to celebrate the runners that demonstrated the spirit of the games values of: determination, passion, self-belief, respect and honesty. To celebrate these values we have decided to pick a boy and a girl as this years spirit of the games winners (schools will find out soon).P1050424

We would also like to give Baslow St Anne’s CE Primary School a special mention for getting an amazing 12 runners through to the SSP finals, a new record!


Boys Results

1st Bakewell Cluster

2nd QEGS Cluster

3rd Hope Valley Cluster

4th Highields Cluster

5th Anthony Gell Cluster

Girls Results

1st Highfields Cluster

2nd QEGS Cluster

3rd Bakewell Cluster

4th Hope Valley Cluster

5th Anthony Gell Cluster

Finally we would like to say a massive thank you to all of the SSCO’s, QEGS Sports Leaders and the Highfields Sports Apprentices for helping to make this years event the best yet!

Year 3/4 Mini Tennis

Our annual Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis tournament had 6 teams enter this year, doubling last years competition size. We had two teams from Osmaston (who have represented Rural Derbyshire at the School Games for the past couple of years), two teams from Turnditch, All Saints Juniors and Kniveton.

Straight from the start there was lot’s of great tennis on show for all to see with Turnditch A beating Kniveton in the first match. The closest match of the tournament came a little later when Kniveton managed to beat Osmaston B by 21-17, securing them a place in the semi final.

By the end of the pool matches four teams had secured their places in the semi finals. Turnditch A faced All Saints in the first semi final of the tournament and Osmaston A faced Kniveton in the second semi final.

Semi Final Results

Semi Final 1: Turnditch 38 – All Saints 15

Semi Final 2: Kniveton 15 – Osmaston 33

The 3/4th place playoff was between Kniveton and All Saints who looked evenly matched going into their final game, with both teams managing to score 15 points in the semi finals. This game proved to be more rewarding for both teams as Kniveton recorded 17 points, unfortunately for Kniveton though All Saints turned on the style and scored 29 points meaning they finished 3rd.

The Final game of the day. Turnditch A vs Osmaston A. The games started and it was clear to see why these two teams had made it to the final.  Throughout the final there were some excellent rallies and a real show of respect as players clapped and complimented each other on their points. The scores were in, Osmaston had managed to limit Turnditch to 30 points, the least that they had scored all tournament but Turnditch had also managed to limit Osmaston to even fewer with them scoring 21 points, also their lowest of the tournament.

Meaning this years trophy went back with Turnditch CofE Primary School. The final job of the day was to award the spirit of the games trophy. With so many teams showing huge amounts of respect, passion, determination, honesty and team work throughout it was a very tough decision that wasn’t decided until the very end of the day. As we packed away the equipment and proceeded to move into the minor hall for the presentation there was one young boy that stood out, he opened the door and without being asked continued to hold it open for all students, parents, teachers and young volunteers as they walked through, making my very difficult decision a lot easier! It was for this reason that Spirit of The Games trophy went to Kniveton CofE Primary School.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and teachers who helped our young leaders umpire the games and also to the schools and parents that helped to supply the equipment, we couldn’t have ran such a successful competition with out you all.

Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics

This years sportshall athletics competition took place at Highfields School, Matlock. It was the first year that we had decided to run both a small schools and a big schools competition. This resulted in a very busy afternoon! We had 8 small schools and 4 big schools taking part meaning we had over 150 young athletes engaged in this fast paced competition.

In the big schools competition we had Wirksworth Juniors, Parkside Juniors, All Saints Juniors and St Josephs competing for this years trophy and for qualification into the county finals. In the small schools competition we had Baslow, Bamford, Lea, Longstone, Osmaston A&B, South Darley and Turnditch.

The competition was very close throughout with no clear winners on the track or field events. By the end everybody was very excited to find out who the winners were.


Big Schools:

1st All Saints Juniors

2nd Parkside Juniors

3rd Wirksworth Juniors

4th St Josephs

Small Schools:

1st Longstone

2nd Osmaston A

3rd Baslow St Annes

4th Turnditch

5th Lea

6th Bamford

7th South Darley

8th Osmaston B

Congratulations to all the teams for making it to the SSP Finals and good luck to our winners who will now represent Rural Derbyshire at the county finals.

Year 7/8 Sportshall Athletics Results

Year 7 Boys:

1st Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

2nd Anthony Gell

3rd Lady Manners

4th Highfields

Year 7 Girls:

1st Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

2nd Lady Manners

3rd Anthony Gell School

4th Highfields

Year 8 Boys:

1st Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

2nd Lady Manners School

3rd Highfields

4th Anthony Gell

Year 8 Girls:

1st Lady Manners

2nd Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

3rd Highfields



County Table Tennis & Badminton Results

Table Tennis

U.13 Boys Individual

Gold = Samuel Cooper (Chapel High)

Silver = Oliver Barnett (Brookfield)

Bronze = Lawrence Hart (QEGS)


KS3 Boys – QEGS 3rd

KS3 Girls – Lady Manners 3rd

KS4 Boys – QEGS 3rd

KS4 Girls – Lady Manners 7th


Well done to all the teams that represented us at the county finals and congratulations on your achievements.




Mini Leader Training

The Mini Leader training is a programme aimed at year 5/6’s who show a passion for leadership in sport. It is a great way to improve children’s confidence skills as well as their organisational  skills. The mini leader training lasts for 2 hours with the first hour aimed at the theory side of being a mini leader and the second hour is aimed at the practical side.

St Annes CofE Primary School, Baslow, are the latest school to partake in the mini leader training. Their year 6 pupils were trained up at the start of the academic year in order to prepare them for the challenges of becoming a Mini Leader.

They took part in a range of activities and challenges to prepare them for their role as a Mini Leader including: workshops on what makes a good leader; scenario cards;  game planning and  game and activity analysis. As a Mini leader they will be expected to plan and run playtime and lunchtime games for the younger students, to do this they will need to work with the Midday supervisors to plan their activities.

On returning a month later I was able to observe the Mini Leaders running their practical sessions for the reception, year 1 and year 2 students. The Mini Leaders said “Since becoming a Mini Leader our confidence has grown and we have improved our leadership skills whilst also getting to know the younger students better.”

When asked what their favourite parts of being a mini leader was their replies were all very similar as they all agreed that helping the younger students to play together nicely was the best part.

If you’re a school that have bought into the RDSSP then why not book some Mini Leader Training for your year 5/6’s? 100% of the mini leaders would suggest this programme to other schools as its “Great for your confidence and gets everyone involved in activities they love to do.”

To find out more about this scheme please email James Bates